"Now was that funny or just disgusting? I don't know, I'm asking."
— Dog, Oh Yeah! Cartoons
Animated show that relies heavily on ugly animation, displeasing concepts
and extreme close-ups
of things such as hairy, warty green tongues, stink-line-laden sewage sandwiches, and toilets that haven't been cleaned in a long time
Pioneered by John Kricfalusi
with The Ren & Stimpy Show
, this type of show dominated children's animation in the late 1990s. The animation house Klasky-Csupo and the studio Spumco specialized in animation of this style. Many of these clones failed to realize, however, that the success of Ren and Stimpy was also due to excellent writing, not just the presence of icky, stinky things
. However, most of these clones would eventually develop their own loyal followings thanks to their other unique concepts.
Anime and Manga
- Ippatsu Kikimusume, aka Miss Crisis Moment, is this trope in four-minute chunks. Kunyan survives each life-threatening situation by executing a preposterous escape plan that Crosses the Line Twice, often to the point of horror. If you watch this, you will be grossed out. You will also learn physics. (Check one out on YouTube if you dare...)
- Kyoufu no Kyochan, a parody of "Obake no Q-taro" written by the comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto, the series is about a kid and his ugly critter (with a strange likeness with Butthead). You better not hurt the kid or Kyochan will grow arms on his head and feet on his mouth to rip off your guts ! Episode 1
- Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt features monsters themed around poop, vomit, boogers, breast milk, and semen.
- Earlier volumes of Pocket Monsters relied on this trope. The series has since lessened though, just becoming a Widget Series.
- Digimon even more so, which is hardly surprising considering that it began life as the trans-Pacific equivalent of the Garbage Pail Kids (opposite Tamagotchi's Cabbage Patch Kids). Remember, the original stable of Digital Monsters featured a giant lump of yellow feces with arms, a slug with big, veiny eyeballs and teeth whose special attack was throwing smaller lumps of feces, a Rat Fink lookalike that's actually made entirely out of pink brain tissue and a rotting carcass kept alive by crude bionics inspired in equal parts by Hideaki Anno's hideously melted movie version of the radioactive God Warrior, Hedorah the smog monster and Tetsuo. That kills people by puking on them.
- There's a... charming series of shorts in Japan known "Burutabu-chan" AKA "Poop Genie". It's about, well, just read the title. Or watch it.
- Hen Zemi manages to do this while keeping most everyone and everything as Puni Plush as humanly possible; it's the things they talk about that make the viewer want to retch...
- John Waters in the 1970's is practically the Trope Codifier. Female Trouble bragged about this review from Rex Reed: "Where do these people come from? Where do they go when the sun comes down?"
- Pink Flamingos are two groups of people striving to be the filthiest in the world. Enough said. Then there's Female Trouble and Desperate Living.
- The Vomit Gore Trilogy. To quote one review:
"Even hardcore horror fans might be inclined to take a break from their hobbies after watching a girl abused, vomited on, a spider sewn into her vagina, decapitated, then her hollow head used as a vomit glass. Other pleasantries included here are ejaculation of blood, an endless disemboweling, and siamese twins cut apart with a saw."
- Hanger, where almost all the characters look deformed, and there's things like profuse lactation, a coat hanger abortion, puppies microwaved and eaten, rape through a colostomy bag hole, tea made from used tampons, a dirty diaper fight, torture via unwashed vagina, force feeding of feces, and a penis roasting.
- Year One. A movie about two cavemen who randomly stumble into the Bible stories, but with numerous disgusting scenes, such as Jack Black eating poop, and Michael Cera peeing all over his face.
- American Pie does this from time to time, mainly with any scene involving Stifler. In the first movie, he drinks a glass of beer with cum in it. In the second one, he gets peed on. In the third one, he eats dog shit.
- Land of the Lost, more specifically its 2009 The Film of the Series incarnation. Rather than being a kid's show as it's source was, the film opted to go for a much more "adult" audience with sexual humor throughout. Described by Will Ferrell himself as being more of a parody of the original than an actual remake.
- Too many Arthouse films to count (Mostly Euroshlock films).
- Fear Factor, despite its name, is best known for having contestants eat things like live insects.
- Im A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here was a Reality Show crossed with this.
- Kenny vs. Spenny rarely avoids this trope, particularly in the humiliation round.
- Laura en América: one episode of this show is infamous for this. Its name was "Lo haría todo por dinero" ("I'd do anything for the money"). People from the public was challenged to do the most disgusting things for money. Among the challenges there were: to stay naked in a bathtub with frogs (US$ 30), eat a whole habanero-like fruit (US$20), to kiss an unknown person (US$ 30), dress up like a baby and crawl (US$ 20). The most memorable part? Lick the armpits and feet of a bodybuilder who had not taken a shower in 48 hours.
- About the only example of a Tabletop RPG in this genre: Low Life, where among the playable races there are worms, roaches and walking piles of poo.
- FATAL most certainly falls under this category, intentionally or not. In no other Tabletop RPG will you have detailed rules for rape or a need to calculate oriface sizes.
- Postal 2 features plenty of pissing and vomiting. Three objectives actually require the player character to urinate.
- Limbo of the Lost. It's very surprising to find such a macabre game that, in only its first half-hour of gameplay, throws worms pulled out of ears and snot at you as integral parts of puzzle solving.
- The Binding of Isaac is very generous with this when not making Biblical references — giant mounds of poop are a common obstacle, there's a boss called Peep who spreads toxic urine everywhere, and pretty much anything involving Isaac's abusive mother is given a Gross-Up Close-Up.
- Earthworm Jim. For starters, some of the levels are made out of snot and intestine.
- Yoshi's Island does this for the frog boss. The rest of the game isn't gross though.
- House of the Dead: Overkill has Varla Guns having her brain replaced with the brain of Clement's mother, causing her to vomit and then mutate into a giant, disgusting creature. After defeating her, Clement climbs inside her vagina and back into the womb (thankfully we don't see it). And then in the PS3-exclusive chapters, we have the boss of the strip club chapter, and the skinless zombies in the slaughterhouse chapter.
- Conker's Bad Fur Day has a level where you have to go into a poop factory, then go to a nearby farm where you have to prune three cows, so the factory will be filled with their diarrhea. Your next mission involves you rolling a ball of dung up a mountain made of dung, so you can break open an entrance to the boss (who is a singing pile of shit).
- Gobtron. You play as a huge pink monster whose weapons are his snot, spit, burps and farts. The "level select" screen shows an intestine with cysts as the upgrades section.
- Engacho! is a very Japanese game where you can be killed by slobber, Nose Nuggets, hairy armpits or Dung Fu, all of which are rendered in detail.
- The Ren & Stimpy Show, the Trope Maker and Trope Codifier.
- Family Guy regularly uses gross-out jokes as the basis of its humor. Frequently, characters are seen vomiting – often, extremely violently – after either legitimately falling ill, realizing they ate something that was inappropriate (such as horse semen that Peter claimed was milk but then revealed otherwise, all for his amusement) or being traumatized by having something revealed to them (such as Brian learning the woman he had sex with was a transgender person ... Quagmire's father(!)). The episode "Brian and Stewie" famously had Brian – after accidentally being locked in a bank vault with Stewie and thinking there were no more clean diapers in the baby's diaper bag – lick Stewie's dirty butt after pooping his diapers. (Stewie then reveals there were clean diapers in the bag and he just wanted to see if Brian would actually lick his butt.)
- Dexter's Laboratory though remarkably less so than other examples.
- From Dexter's chicken pox to Dee Dee's germs getting all over his science lab room to Dexter exploring his dog's insides.
- The Ripping Friends, one of the last series animated in the Kricfalusi style
- It wasn't just animated in the style, it was made by Spumco (Kricfalusi's animation company) as well.
- Drawn Together absolutely reveled in this. Sex jokes, toilet humor, vomit spewing, gorn, plenty of Gross-Up Close-Up, etc. Needless to say, you don't want to be eating while watching it.
- The Brothers Grunt, another unbearably, um... organic cartoon from MTV.
- South Park is definitely this, though how much it relies on it is often overestimated by its detractors.
- Fish Hooks, especially concerning large (to the completely normal-sized fish) monsters.
- The older, hand-drawn, episodes of Johnny Test. The CGI ones mostly rely on slapstick with occasional run ins with this trope.
- Many entries of Cartoon Network's What A Cartoon series went with that kind of humor. Most of those that were continued as their own series (Power Puff Girls, Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel, Courage the Cowardly Dog, etc.) used it at least occasionally.
- The American Dad! episode "G-String Circuit"
- Adventure Time, despite being a somewhat serious show, has lots of poop, fart, and butt jokes.
- Robot Chicken. Most sketches in that show involve either someone dying or someone shitting.
- ChalkZone was this in it's second and third season.